#BookReview - Alex by Pierre Lemaitre (translated by Frank Wynne)

 SHE'S RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Alex Prévost - kidnapped, beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a wooden cage - is in no position to bargain. Her abductor's only desire is to watch her die. 

HE WANTS ONLY ONE THING

Apart from a shaky police report, Commandant Camille Verhoven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads. If he is to find Alex, he will have to get inside her head. 

ESCAPE IS JUST THE BEGINNING

Resourceful, tough, beautiful, always two steps ahead - Alex will keep Verhoven guessing till the bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

This isn't going to be an easy review to write. Not because I don't know what to say about the book - there's plenty I could say, but I really don't want to give away any spoilers and in a book that's as packed with twists as this one that's not easy. So I won't be saying much about the plot, suffice to say it's one of the most gripping, shocking and gr…

Book Review: A Body Displaced (Lansin Island #2) by Andrew Butcher


A Body Displaced is the sequel to A Death Displaced, a paranormal suspense/contemporary fantasy novel I read a little while ago featuring Nick, a man whose dreams of an accident turned out to be prophetic and Juliet, the woman he saves who as a result discovers a remarkable ability of her own. I enjoyed this debut novel, there was much to like about it with its likeable main characters and fascinating premise. I did however, feel the story took a little while to really bite and the ending felt a bit loose, I was waiting for something big to happen and it didn't. That said it was a good read and so I was keen to read this next book in the series.
 I was pleased to see the plot develop more quickly this time although I did feel the events of the first book were covered in more detail than I like, personally I prefer it when sequels assume the reader knows what has gone on before. However, I did enjoy this book being much darker with a deeper and more intriguing insight into the Otherworld we first learned a little of in the first book. Nick and Juliet again take centre stage although for much of the book their stories unfold separately, and we learn more about their abilities, both what they're capable of and the emotional and psychological impact on their lives. New characters who are introduced or developed further from the first book are well written and complex but I must admit I wasn't keen on the in depth physical description of almost every person in the book, particularly when it often mattered little to the plot, I'd rather use my imaginatiion. This is a fairly small gripe though and overall I was impressed with A Body Displaced, the ending too is more satisfying and did a good job of whetting my appetite for the next book in the series, A Spirit Displaced.
Disclosure; I received a free copy of A Body Displaced from Netgalley in return for my honest review.

Andrew Butcher's website with links to buy his books can be found here.

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